Sunita yet to get second list

On Thursday, the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel headed by Sudhir Nandrajog, released the list of dope offenders from the 2001-2008 period to Sunita, who has been fighting a case to unearth the doping incidents which, she alleged, had been covered up by the administrators.

“I will keep continuing my efforts to get the other list as well,” Sunita said. “We have time till December 23 (the date of the next Nandrajog panel hearing) and before that I will try to get it,” she said.

In the presentation she submitted before the Nandrajog panel Godara urged that “hearings” be held into these cases which she claimed had been swept under the carpet for so long. She also requested that notices be issued to the athletes whose names are in the list submitted to the Delhi High Court by the Sports Authority of India in sealed covers.

The Delhi High Court had given the covers to the NADA panel to take appropriate action, and on Thursday, the panel handed one of the covers to Sunita. It pertained to positive cases from 2001 to 2008 and included many cases which have already been dealt with by the authorities, mainly in athletics. The list from 1991-2001 reportedly contains the names of some top Indian athletes of the past.

The list released on Thursday is dominated by weightlifters and athletes and includes the name of Karnataka sprinter H M Jyothi, who, according to SAI, tested positive for Norandrosterone in 2005. There is no mention of any action taken against her in the list. It also emerged that three footballers had been caught for doping and two had been suspended by the AIFF for six months.

Harbinder Singh and Manchinda Singh were suspeneded for six months by the AIFF for testing positive for anabolic steroid nandrolone in 2003 and 2004 during national camps.

Avinash Thapa’s ‘A’ sample was found to have metabolites of marijuana in the test conducted during a National Football League in Goa in 2005. He was given one month time for his ‘B’ sample test but no information was given after that.

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